NEW YORK — Julio Teheran tossed a one-hit masterpiece and did not allow any other base runners, pitching the Atlanta Braves to a 6-0 victory Sunday that capped a surprising three-game sweep of the scuffling New York Mets.
Nick Markakis homered and drove in two runs for Atlanta, which has won five straight for the first time since the first five games of last season. Freddie Freeman had four hits and the Braves finally mustered some offense in support of Teheran (3-7), who yielded only Michael Conforto's clean single leading off the third inning.
Conforto never advanced, and the righthander dominated New York the rest of the afternoon, spoiling Jacob deGrom's birthday as a Father's Day crowd of 41,576 booed the home team repeatedly.
Atlanta (23-46) arrived at Citi Field this weekend with the worst record in the majors, but played with much more focus and energy than the defending NL champions. A pair of former Mets farmhands earned the wins in the first two games of the series, and Teheran sent Atlanta to its first sweep at Citi Field since September 2012.
The 25-year-old Teheran struck out seven and retired his final 21 batters. He threw a season-high 120 pitches, 82 for strikes, in his third major league shutout and fifth complete game. All the others came in 2014, when he was an NL All-Star.
In a matchup of quality starters getting little help from their teammates lately, Teheran outpitched deGrom (3-4), who has not won since April 30 against San Francisco. He lost his third consecutive outing and fell to 0-4 in his last nine starts since winning his first three of the season.
Pitching on his 28th birthday and as a dad on Father's Day for the first time, deGrom gave up three runs and five hits in six innings. The 2014 NL Rookie of the Year struck out six and walked one.
New York has dropped six of eight overall.